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Pedro Espada, Jr.

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Sen. Espada Joined By More Than 35 Bronx Clergy and Community Leaders to Announce Major Haiti Relief Effort

New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., along with Bishop Fernando Rodriguez, president of the Latin American Chaplains Association, an international not-for-profit organization of clergy headquartered in the Bronx, were joined today by more than 35 of the borough’s clergy and community leaders to announce a major relief effort for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

January 14, 2010
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Rally in Support of Timely Legislation That Would Increase Cap on Charter Schools and Pave Way for Federal Funds

Press Contact: Steve Mangione 914-403-4072 (cellular) For Release 2 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2010

January 8, 2010
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Response to Gov. Paterson’s State-of-the-State Address

Press Contact: Steve Mangione 914-403-4072 (cellular) 518-455-3395 (at this number Jan. 6th)

“The action of the Senate Democratic Majority in recent months – for example, addressing issues in a bipartisan way, creating green jobs, controlling spending and preserving important resources for education – has demonstrated our commitment to the state’s 19.5 million residents.

January 6, 2010
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Holiday Cheer for Local Businesses

Here's a quick look at the holiday lights and additional support Sen. Espada and others provided to Bronx businesses:  More Support for Local Business Districts

December 21, 2009
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Senate Majority Leader Espada's Letter to MTA Chairman

State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. has asked Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Carl Kruger to immediately commission an independent forensic audit of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

December 17, 2009
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STATEMENT FROM NEW YORK STATE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER PEDRO ESPADA, JR. REGARDING TODAY’S KINGSBRIDGE ARMORY VOTE

“Today’s vote in the New York City Council regarding the Armory should clearly send forth the message that the Bronx is pro-business,” said New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. “We know the importance of business in creating jobs and fueling the economy. The Armory vote outcome must not deter us from developing responsible projects that will yield opportunities and benefits for poor, low-income and working families.”

December 14, 2009
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In Memorium: Dennis deLeon

I am deeply saddened by the loss today of Dennis deLeon, a dynamic human rights advocate for those living with HIV/AIDS.

December 14, 2009
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District Office Opened!!

The District Office officially opened as of Monday, August 17, 2009.

Please feel free to contact us or stop by the office.  You can find the information under Contact.

August 17, 2009
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SENATE MAJORITY LEADER PEDRO ESPADA, JR. ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSAGE OF NEW SCHOOL GOVERNANCE REFORM PACKAGE

            "The new school governance reform package will hold New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accountable for the performance of the city's public school system, but equally and most important it will allow greater parental involvement in their children's education, increased curriculum oversight and strengthened role of superintendents, and decision-making input at the school level by principals and parents on such issues as academic programs, transportation, school safety and nutrition,” Majority Leader Espada said: “It will a

August 6, 2009
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State Senate Majority Conference Urges City to Improve School Governance

For Immediate Release: July 23, 2009Contact: Steve Mangione | prman200@aol.com | 914-403-4072 (Senator Espada)

 State Senate Majority Conference Urges City to Improve School Governance

(New York, NY) State Senate leaders joined dozens of parents from acrossthe city on the steps of City Hall to urge Mayor Bloomberg to supportlegislation that would include parental involvement and training.

July 23, 2009
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR PEDRO ESPADA, JR.

Statement by State Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. (DEMOCRAT-Bronx) I am honored to accept the Office of President Pro Tempore of the New York State Senate. I have taken these actions on behalf of the people I represent in the 33rd district in the Bronx and the nearly 20 million residents of New York State. Let me first make it clear that I remain a staunch, reform Democrat. I have not switched parties.  

June 8, 2009
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Senate passes Espada Bill That Continues Financing of Affordable Housing in the Bronx and Other Boroughs

from State Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. (D-Bronx), Chairman, Senate Standing Committee on Housing, Construction and Community DevelopmentPress Contact:Steve Mangione914-403-4072 (cellular)FOR IMMEDISTE RELEASE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009Senate Passes Espada Bill That Continues Financing of Affordable Housing in the Bronx and Other Boroughs

June 4, 2009
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Espada Surprises Tenants: Unexpected Drop-In, Unexpected Announcement on Vacancy Decontrol

State Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. (D-Bronx), today won favor, and a standing ovation, with the Working Families Party, ACORN and several other tenant advocacy groups when he unexpectedly dropped in on their Albany press conference-rally and announced that major legislative initiatives that protect Mitchell Lama, New York City Housing Authority and rent regulated tenants -- including proposed legislation that would repeal vacancy decontrol -- will be acted on before the current legislative session is over.

May 12, 2009
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The Late Ralph Mercado Will Be Honored by Sen. Espada

The late music impresario Ralph Mercado, whose worldwide introduction of the popular New York music known as “salsa” single handedly transformed the Latin music industry, and who launched the careers of powerhouses Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, La India, Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri and many others, will be honored posthumously at a Tribute and Memoriam Breakfast where his wife, Mrs. Cynthia Mercado, will be presented with a New York State Senate Proclamation by Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. (D-Bronx).

April 2, 2009
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NYS Affordable Housing Corporation Approves $1.975 Million in Grants to Create and Renovate 82 Affordable Housing Units in New York State

NEW YORK—Thursday, April 2, 2009—The board of the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC) today approved $1.975 million in grants to create and renovate 82 affordable housing units in New York State.

"These grants will help create and rehabilitate much needed affordable housing for working families both upstate and downstate," said Governor David A. Paterson. "These actions demonstrate that we are committed to making New York State a better place to live and work despite the difficult economic climate."

April 1, 2009
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Senate Budget Contains Sweeping Statewide Jobs Initiative

Senator Pedro Espada Jr. (D-Bronx) and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens), announced a Senate Majority-led sweeping jobs initiative designed to create nearly 123,518 new jobs statewide as part of this year's state budget. The initiative includes the state's first large-scale employment program in decades, targeting low-income residents. The initiative also uses federal stimulus money to create new infrastructure and "green" jobs, and puts more police officers on neighborhood streets.

March 31, 2009
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No Blank Check for MTA

When it comes to the MTA, the more things change, the more they remain the same.

March 30, 2009
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When it Comes to Affordable Housing, Policy Should Come Before Politics

Growing up in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx at a time when so-called rent protections contributed in no small part to the blight that made the borough the poster child for urban decay, is why I am advocating a measured, conscientious and deliberative approach to the rent law debate in Albany.

March 30, 2009
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Marking Women’s History Month, Several Women Will Be Feted at Bronx Event

A group of ordinary women that includes entrepreneurs, public school educators, civic activists and public servants were feted for their achievements and contributions to youth, elderly and the Bronx community when they received "Women of Distinction" proclamations and awards from State Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. (D-Bronx) in celebration of Women’s History Month. The ceremony took place at 6 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2009, at the Bronx Library Center, Auditorium, 310 East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY

March 26, 2009
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Espada Announces Plans at Senate Hearing for Major Education Campaign and Joint Task Force to Stop Unsafe and Illegal Practice of Carving Up Apartments with Drywall Partition

Representatives of city agencies, firefighters’ unions, and tenant, landlord and housing advocacy organizations, including New York City Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri, today painted a frightening picture of the unsafe and illegal practice of partitioning apartments with drywall in buildings and private homes throughout the five boroughs. Their testimony on the issue came at a public hearing held by the New York State Senate Committee on Housing.

 

March 26, 2009
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